UFC 214: Appreciating Daniel Cormier seperate from his Jon Jones curse
The British star is on the cusp of a title shot and is targeting taking on the winner of Daniel Cormier’s rematch with Jon Jones.
Manuwa fights Oezdemir on the back of two devastating knockouts and has been promised his title shot if he beats the 27-year-old.
Oezdemir is 10 years Manuwa’s junior, but the top contender is expecting another $50,000 knockout bonus on Saturday.
‘100 per cent, it’s what I’m looking forward to (getting a third knockout in a row),’ Manuwa told us.
‘I’m looking forward to stealing the show on this card.
‘It’s a crazy fight card with three title fights, but I think I’m going to steal the show.’
Manuwa has always been a man of few words, doing almost all his talking in the octagon and he envisions another quick night in Anaheim.
He said: ‘He comes out, I come out, he makes a mistake, I capitalise and he’s on the floor. My hand raised.’
Manuwa opens the main card at UFC 214, but revealed he would be back cageside once the headliners were on deck.
‘Yes,’ said Manuwa when asked if he would be cageside for the main event.
‘Nothing planned, I’ll just freestyle it. We’ll see what happens.’
Last time Cormier fought both Manuwa and Jones were there in person to see him submit Anthony Johnson and the Brit believes he could be directed into the octagon after the final bell.
‘I think DC loves all that confrontation stuff,’ said Manuwa.
‘I think Jones has a bit more respect.
Manuwa’s last five fights
WIN vs Corey Anderson – KO (Punch, R1)
WIN vs Ovince Saint Preux – KO (Punches, R2)
LOSS vs Anthony Johnson – KO (Punches, R2)
WIN vs Jan Blachowicz – UD
LOSS vs Alexander Gustafsson – TKO (Knees & punches, R2)
‘DC likes to try and make himself look interesting. It depends who wins and I think if DC wins he might do that.
‘If Jones wins, I think they might bring me into the cage.’
Manuwa predicted that Jones would come out victorious on Saturday, but insisted he was not paying too much attention to the returning former champion.
Much has been made of how Manuwa figures in to the light heavyweight title picture, but as the 37-year-old pointed out, he has a fight of his own to focus on.
‘Providing I get the job done on Saturday, I expect a title shot later on this year from the winner of the main event.
‘I’m looking towards big things after this fight, but I’m just concentrating on Volkan right now,’ he said.
‘I don’t know if he is going to be able take my fire power.
‘I feel I am going to be too crafty and quick for him.
‘Fight of the Night, maybe, would be a good bonus. Listen, people who know me, in training I love to war.
‘I love going toe-to-toe, but in the fight I’m ready for it to get messy, but I like a clean knockout.
‘For my face you know, but I do love to war and I’m ready for that.’
Oezdemir goes into the fight as the underdog with just two fights in the UFC, but the newcomer beat top contender Ovince Saint Preux on his debut and then knocked out Misha Cirkunov with a single punch after just 28 seconds in May.